Bloomberg Law
June 1, 2021, 9:16 PM

ANALYSIS: How Long Does It Take Unions to Reach First Contracts?

Robert Combs
Robert Combs
Legal Analyst

Every once in a while, a Bloomberg Law subscriber in the labor relations practice area presents us with a poser: Do we know how long it takes newly unionized employers and their newly organized workers to reach a first contract?

It’s a hard statistic to pin down. Parties to private-sector collective bargaining agreements aren’t required to notify the government when they ratify a contract at all, let alone identify whether such a deal was a first contract and report how long it took to negotiate it.

But the answer is: Yes, we do know. By cross-referencing two of the databases ...

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